Fourth of July Summit Loop

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Fourth of July Summit Loop is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cataldo, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Fourth of July Park has approximately 25 miles of cross country ski and snowshoe trails with 8 miles for track skiing in the winter, and for hiking, biking, and nature walks in warmer seasons. No motorized vehicles are allowed on these trails. There is an excellent network of trails for you to explore, while you are surrounded by pine forests. USFS, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and the Panhandle Nordic Ski and Snow-shoe Club cooperate to maintain this area for recreation. Dogs are not allowed on groomed ski trails. There are four snowshoe trails which all allow dogs on leashes. This trail network is located east of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. On I-90, at the crest of Fourth of July Summit, there is an exit for the park. (There is heavy snow in this pass in the winter, so prepare chains for your automobile.) Take Lakes Divide Road, and keep right until you arrive at the parking area at the trailhead. There is ample parking, and overflow parking as well. There are restrooms at the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy trail. I'm not sure how it got rated as moderate.
Road leading to main trail head splits, you want to stay to the right on the blacktop road. The gravel road going left is a FS road which can take you to other parts of the trail.
Trail is quite unassuming but there were plenty of wild flowers to brighten things up a bit. Most active wildlife noticed were mosquitoes. They were much worse if you were standing at rest vs. walking.
There were some maps along the trail indicating where you were and showing the main trails as well as signs indicating the name of the trails when they split.
I think its best suited for casual hikers who don't want to work up a sweat and just want to get outdoors for a bit.

hiking
1 month ago

Saw my first ever bear here today! I don't recommend coming here alone, as it is far enough from population centers to be of some concern. There are also some confusing turns and branches in some of the trails. Bring a reliable GPS with adequate batteries if you intend to do significant exploration. Though this area is more known for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing, I did a regular ole hike. Not the most interesting area for that, but there are plenty of trails to explore. I only scratched the surface.

hiking
3 months ago

The Fourth of July Park trails is one of the best places in north Idaho to cross country ski or snowshoe. There is a vast network of trails that were designed and are groomed for this very purpose. If the 25 miles of groomed trails are not enough for you, then feel free to roam as far as you wish on the nearby trails, some that go as far as you want to go.

It was a fair spring day today, and I decided to hike this trail network now that the snow has melted. it was superb. Most of the hike was shaded by the pine forests through which the trails lead. I clocked 8 miles on my pedometer, and didn't even take a big bite out of this hiking wonderland. I saw somebody with a horse, enjoying the even and easy to follow trails.